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                       Technology and Human Responsibility
    Issue #67       Copyright 1998 Bridge Communications        March 12, 1998
                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
                         On the Web: http://netfuture.org
         You may redistribute this newsletter for noncommercial purposes.
    *** Editor's Note
    *** Quotes and Provocations
          The Human Being as Chimpanzee
          Technology as Infantilism
          El Nino and Technological Determinism
    *** The Human Side of Cloning (Craig Holdrege)
          Are We Driven by Anachronistic Urges?
    *** Cloning a Mirage (Stephen L. Talbott)
          People and the Genes That Enable Them
    *** Correspondence
          Cryptography Is Fuel on the Fire, Not a Solution (Don Davis)
    *** Announcements and Resources
          Our Web Site Is Now Mirrored
          New NETFUTURE-related Discussion List
          First Forum on Walden3 for NETFUTURE Readers
    *** Who Said That?
    *** About this newsletter

    What Readers Are Saying about NETFUTURE

    "Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your essays over the past many months. You have a deep and refreshing view of these complex issues, which are often treated so superficially. I've assigned several of your essays in my Networks and Society class. Your fan, (signed)"

    (For the identity of the speaker, who is a leading authority
    on cryptography, see "Who Said That?" below.)

    *** Editor's Note

    A lot of possibilities seem to be developing these days. Check the "Announcements and Resources" section below for information about the two new mirrors of the NETFUTURE web site, and a new discussion list for NETFUTURE readers, netfuture-l.

    You'll have noticed the new little feature, "What People Are Saying about NETFUTURE". I have received so many intriguing and supportive comments over the lifespan of the newsletter, sometimes from unexpected places, that finally I decided I should share some of them with readers.

    If you have a noteworthy reaction to the newsletter, or have witnessed significant fallout from it, let me hear from you. My interest, incidentally, goes beyond glowing positives (although it does include them!) and beyond well-known public figures.


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    *** Quotes and Provocations

    The Human Being as Chimpanzee

    Lee Silver, who has never seen a re-engineered gene he didn't like, foresees divergent strains of the human race -- an engineered strain and a "natural" one. Eventually, he predicts (in Remaking Eden), they will become "entirely separate species with no ability to cross-breed, and with as much romantic interest in each other as a current human would have for a chimpanzee."

    Apparently Silver doesn't read alt.sex.bestiality. Any